If you happen to walk by an Audi dealership and see a 2021 e-tron or e-tron Sportback parked inside, know that the German EV crossover is available with Digital Matrix LED (DML) headlight technology as an optional extra.
We should note that U.S. buyers are yet to have total functionality for the DML headlights, with Audi still negotiating with government officials and other authorities in an effort to fully unleash the technology onto the masses.
Still, this marks the first time that DML headlights have been mass produced for a production vehicle.
DML headlights feature 1.3 million micromirrors per unit, essentially working like movie projectors, emitting tiny particles or adaptable light. Initially, buyers will benefit from five different welcome/leaving animations when the vehicle is parked, each with its unique motion graphics and text that you can select via the car’s MMI touchscreen display.
Aside from the available animations, the full feature set of DML headlights includes a 50 meter “light carpet” designed to keep light within the driver’s lane, while also avoiding to blind oncoming traffic. There’s also a low-beam curved lighting function that bends below oncoming traffic and can illuminate people or objects on the side of the road, as well as electrostatically controlled micromirrors that can adjust light beam pixels up to 5,000 times per second.
Last but not least, there are the on-ground light arrows that place the car’s tires within its lane.
The 2021 Audi e-tron range is priced from $65,900.